Yet, am I actually putting my ALL on the altar? I think not. Every once in a while, I break down and give everything to the Lord, but it doesn’t take long before I snatch it back up. I want to believe that I have yielded Him every aspect of my life. Unfortunately, I know it isn’t true. I give Him most things. Nonetheless, there are always that one or two little things that I haven’t truly given to Him.
He lets me get away with it for a while, but eventually He shows me that I haven’t yielded to Him in a certain area and I fight to hold on to it for a while, but, eventually, I yield and that thing goes too.
I’m not talking about sin here. I’m talking about sacrifice. We are at war with the world, the flesh, and the devil. If we allow our flesh to win, in even the little things, we are giving place to the devil.
Eph 4:26 (KJV)
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.
I like chocolate. It’s a weakness. While it isn’t sinful to have an occasional piece of chocolate, having a piece of chocolate every single time I pass through the kitchen is yielding to my flesh’s desires. It’s a simple illustration for a much greater point.
We all have those things in our life that we know must go. Not for salvation, of course, that was a gift we received through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. (If you haven’t received the gift of salvation and would like to learn more, please contact me. I will be happy to show you from the Word of God how to be saved.) Once saved, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (see Eph 1:13). Jesus cannot deny Himself (see 2 Tim 2:12), for we are part of His body (1 Cor 12.27) and He is in us (Col 1:27).
There are times that I look at my life and realize that there remain things that I haven’t let go of, whether it be a bag of chocolates or a television show I haven’t been able to sacrifice. Watching that show or eating that chocolate are not necessarily sinful. We are under liberty, of course (Gal 5:1). Nevertheless, if we are truly to put our ALL on the altar of sacrifice, than when He shows us that it is time to let go of something in our lives, we need to yield to His leading and make that sacrifice.